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For a change, Sixers don't fold in fourth quarter

1/24/2003

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Allen Iverson scored 11 of his 21
points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night, helping the
Philadelphia 76ers to a rare victory -- 92-83 over the Detroit
Pistons.

The win was just Philadelphia's third in 11 games and ended a
three-game losing streak to Detroit.

Philadelphia was missing Derrick Coleman (sprained ring finger),
but got Todd MacCulloch back after he missed four games with a foot
injury.

The game was tied at 76 before Eric Snow hit a short jumper with
3:23 left. After a Detroit miss, Aaron McKie's putback gave the
Sixers a four-point lead.

The lead was still four, 82-78, when Cliff Robinson was called
for an offensive foul with 1:24 left. Robinson then fouled Iverson,
who made both free throws to put the Sixers up by six.

After Robinson split a pair of free throws, Iverson hit a jumper
over Chauncey Billups to clinch the victory.

Iverson shot 4-of-8 in the fourth quarter after going 4-of-17 in
the first three periods.

Keith Van Horn scored 16 for Philadelphia, while Snow added 14.
Corliss Williamson had a season-high 20 points for Detroit, while
Richard Hamilton added 18.

Detroit led 42-39 at the half, thanks to 12 points off the bench
from Williamson. Iverson had nine on 4-of-12 shooting.

The Pistons had a six-point edge midway through the third
quarter, but Philadelphia came back with an 8-0 run go ahead 55-53.

Detroit regained a 60-59 edge at period's end as Iverson missed
all five field-goal attempts and two of three free throws in the
quarter.

Williamson started the fourth with two free throws, but the
Sixers responded with an 8-0 run that included two 3-pointers by
Van Horn.

Game notes
Ben Wallace, the league's leading rebounder with 15.1 a
game, had just one board in the first half but finished with nine.
Wallace has at least eight rebounds in 87 straight games. ...
Philadelphia's Brian Skinner left the game in the third quarter
with a sprained left ankle, but returned later in the period. ...
Jon Barry picked up a fourth-quarter technical for arguing a call.
... MacCulloch scored six points in 16 minutes. ... The Sixers only
dressed nine players, as Kenny Satterfield (flu) and Efthimios
Rentzias (gastroenteritis) missed the trip due to illness.